Playing “joanna” at Firehall Brewery

“Crowd the Joanna” is a bit of Cockney rhyming slang. “Joanna” is a common rhyming slang substitute for “pianna”, i.e. “piano”. So “crowd the joanna” is slang for “gather round the piano”. In other words it’s a clue for a good musical time! or in the case of this Kelowna-based band, “a boot-stomping, whiskey-hollering hoe-down full of sea chanteys and drinking anrthems”.

Crowd the Joanna formed in Kelowna in 2012.

“…this band is a rock riot — their tone and brutal presence of Folk/Bluegrass inspired music is genius. Not only is it rowdy and celebrated, the band combines an easy listening tone with gritty punk roots.” – Jeff Stychin, Awesome Okanagan

“Best-darn root tootin’ foot stompers in the Okanagan Valley.” -Jim Reiner

Museum gets wet this summer

A brand new kids day camp is coming to the Oliver Museum this year. The “Splash from the Past!” day camp will focus on how water has shaped Oliver’s history over the last 100 years.

The day camp, which will run 9 am – 4 pm July 24 to 26, will introduce campers aged 7-12 to watery science and history topics such as how plants and animals use water, where water comes from and how to conserve it. Campers will learn all about the human use of water in this area and how the town of Oliver grew because of the enormous irrigation system called the Ditch. The camp will include hands-on water experiments and activities, summer fun with water, and field trips to the Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre and the Okanagan River.

The “Splash from the Past!” camp is guaranteed to get kids outdoors and learning on the go. Campers will build edible aquifers, create H20-inspired art, and build their own water walls, which will be displayed in the Museum yard during the July 27th Water Appreciation Day. Camp activities will be led by our knowledgeable and enthusiastic museum staff.

“Splash from the Past!” registration costs are $65 for 3 days of fun-filled learning. Register early, as only 15 spots are available.

For more information or to register, please contact the Oliver & District Heritage Society at 250-498-4027 or email info @